Here’s what Hannah Faith had to say about the mix, which you can listen to below:
The vision behind this mix began when I visited the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain. Out of the four nominees, something about Josephine’s work resonated with me straight away: the hands. When I was 17 years old, and starting to experiment with photography, I had a huge obsession with hands; taking photographs of them to use as a canvas, especially close ups against coloured walls. As soon as I saw the Hands “Für Mich” portraits on the walls I felt a connection to Josephine Pryde’s work.
When you walk into Josephine’s section of the exhibition, there is a long train running through the middle of the room. It’s actually a model freight train with carriages tagged by graffiti artists from places the train has been displayed, including Berlin, one of the cities she lives and works in.
The model train was my inspiration to create a mix which evokes travelling on a long rail journey. I imagined being on a train ride with Josephine, and noticing all the hand movements of passengers in the carriage as they scroll through their phones and write away with their pens in notepads, similar to how you see them in the Hands “Für Mich photos.
The mix begins with Flamingosis’ Airplane Mode, which felt like the perfect song to start with, reminding me of the way we tend to tune out from the world around us when on long-haul journeys. I mixed in atmospheric, dreamy sounds, like Uppers International’s Dankasa as I imagined daydreaming whilst on the journey, to expand the possibilities of going from A to B and being able to end up anywhere.
Josephine’s work made me think that being constantly absorbed by, and feeling the need to be connected to technology all the time is limiting our sense of normality. Inspired by her photographs and sculptures, this mix reflects a train ride where you tune out and daydream, using the journey as a space to relect on modern life.